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D. Andrew Stewart: x1: Performance principles of a T-Stick instrumentalist

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This seminar is presented in collaboration with Research Axis 4 (Expanded musical practice) as part of the Colloquium d'études supérieures en composition et création sonore at Université de Montréal.

  • Seminar
When Feb 13, 2020
from 12:00 PM to 01:20 PM
Where B187, Music Faculty, 200 Vincent d'Indy Av.
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D. Andrew Stewart offers colloquium participants an introduction to the digital musical instrument known as the t-stick, whose origin story includes being a centrepiece of Stewart's formal training as a composer and digital instrumentalist dating back to 2006. Stewart will describe over a decade of development and creative activities, leading to a set of principles for digital music creation and performance with the t-stick and other gestural controllers. Providing some hands-on experience to colloquium participants, Stewart will invite members to try out the sopranino t-stick, which is the latest model of this digital instrument currently being produced and tested by developers at the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory at McGill University.


Joe MallochD. Andrew Stewart is a composer, pianist and digital musical instrumentalist. A convergence of acoustic and electroacoustic instrumental praxis is at the centre of Stewart's oeuvre. His music is dedicated to exploring composition and performance for new interfaces for musical expression by adapting and evolving traditional praxis. Stewart's work asks whether musical idea – concept, theory, material, technique and means – has kept pace with developments in digital lutherie; furthermore, what are the essential constituents for creating a viable digital instrument for the twenty-first century performer. Stewart has contributed to the field of music technology through his demonstrations at: the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, International Computer Music Conference / International Computer Music Association, Electroacoustic Music Studies Network, Electronic Music Foundation, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Society for Music Theory, and the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. Andrew Stewart’s music has been featured in countries such as: The UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, USA, Germany, France, Mexico, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Korea Republic and his home country of Canada.


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